USA Today: Atlantic City workers threaten July 4 strike
Union workers at more than half of Atlantic City’s hotel casinos are expected Thursday to authorize a July 1 strike that could effectively shut down or disrupt much of the seaside gambling resort before the busiest weekend of the year.
An extended walkout also could ravage the bustling summer season just as the casinos are rejuvenating following a bruising shakeout and the city teeters near bankruptcy.
Six thousand workers at five of Atlantic City’s eight casinos — Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Bally’s, Tropicana and Trump Taj Mahal — would walk off the job July 1 if union representatives can’t reach agreement with the casino owners, says Bob McDevitt, president of local 54 of the UNITE HERE union. He says talks have yielded no progress since they began May 3.